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Why Should Ect (in Its Modern Incarnation) Be A "last Resort"?

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#31 Simba Cub

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:02 PM

Bear in mind that your brain is literally being fried. It's not fun. Plus the memory loss thing can be debilitating. It's really hit me hard. I would recommend trying multiple antidepressants - including MAOIs - first, every time.

Mind you, it's not the last resort. Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Lobotomies are both more severe.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 06:13 PM

There seems to be a lot of anecdotal and conflicting information and views on ECT in this thread. Here's the APA guidelines for MDD, and the use of ECT as a treatment modality.

Note that I'm not trying to resurrect the controversy, just wanted to point out what the APA has to say about it. And, no, I really don't want to get into a shouting match about the merits of the APA. I'm just posting the link as an FYI.
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